I’m back! And Boston.Was.Awesome.
Now I’m going to prove it to you with three days worth of recaps and pictures. Lots and LOTS of pictures.
I recapped most of Wednesday HERE, when I was trapped at the airport for 3 hours waiting for Allison to land. Yeah, that was a blast. Anyways, once Allison landed, we hopped on the subway and headed to Cambridge where we were staying. Technically I think it was Somerville, but whatevs. It was super close to the nearest subway stop, and just a short walk to Harvard.
We found the room on Airbnb and booked it for a great price. If you haven’t heard of Airbnb, the basic concept is that you rent a room (or entire apartment, house, whatever) from a perfect stranger. It sounds crazy, but it’s totally not. It’s usually way way cheaper and more convenient. We’ve had nothing but really great experiences and we have yet to get serial murdered.
After we dumped our bags off at the apartment, we were both starving. The girl we were staying with recommended her favorite local Thai place, so we walked down to Porter Square for dinner at Sugar & Spice.
We ordered pad thai and pineapple fried rice and both were absolutely amazing.
After dinner we needed something sweet and delicious and fattening cause vacation. We googled ice cream and found out that we were right around the corner from an Emack and Bolio’s. I’d never heard of it in my life, but it was abso-freakin-lutely amazing. It took me one hundred years to decide what I wanted but I finally landed on s’moreo. Best decision ever.
I didn’t get one of these but I really wanted to. And I was also really pissed that I’ve never thought of this before. RICE KRISPIE TREAT WAFFLE CONE.
We were both exhausted from a full day of traveling so we crashed early. The next morning I somehow talked Allison into waking up at 6am and going on a run with me.
Boston was FULL of runners. You couldn’t walk ten feet without seeing someone run by. It didn’t matter what time of day, or where you were, there were runners EVERYWHERE. Loved loved loved it.
I never could get my watch to work so I have no idea how far we ran but it was a perfect way to start a full day of touristing.
After the run, we showered, got ready, and headed to breakfast. Porter Square was right around the corner from us and had a good choice of restaurants, so we stopped at Panera to fuel up with carbs and caffeine.
After breakfast, we started the walk over to Harvard. HARVARD Y’ALL.
Walking around Harvard was unreal. The campus was SO pretty and historic. We explored for a little bit and then decided to take a break in the shade up against a Harvard tree and take some selfies. Cause maturity.
We also eavesdropped on a group of kids getting a real life Harvard tour.
After Harvard we continued wandering around town and taking in all the crazy scenery and the GORGEOUS 70 degree day. 70 degrees y’all. 70 degrees. That’s approximately 32 degrees cooler than it was in Texas today. Just sayin.
A few people recommended some awesome restaurants, and Pinocchio’s pizza was one of them.
I was also told that Ben Affleck is a frequent diner, so I prayed to Jesus that morning that we would bump into him. We didn’t, and now my faith is shattered. But damn if that pizza wasn’t delicious.
This girl ordered a salad. Sometimes I don’t even know who she is.
This was outside of the restaurant and I have no idea what it says or means but I thought it was delightfully creepy so I captured it.
After lunch, we hit up the Freedom Trail. Cause we like history. And red brick roads.
It started at the Boston Common which is basically the Central Park of Boston. SO pretty. All kinds of historic shit went down here but none of which I remember so you’re going to have to google that.
One of the stops along the Freedom Trail was the Granary Burying Ground. FIVE THOUSAND people are buried here. That’s a lot of people. One of them is John Hancock. And Ben Franklin’s parents. Lots of important people.
This Benjamin Franklin statue was another one of the sights, but it was located in the courtyard of a historic building turned Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Weird.
We explored Faneuil Hall where I picked up a few souvenirs, and when we walked over to Quincy Market there was a guy doing all kinds of crazy Houdini like stuff out front.
History makes us hungry, so we walked over to the North End to Mike’s Pastry because everyone in the entire world raved about the cannolis. So we had to see what all the fuss was about.
After spending an embarrassing amount of money on Italian pastries, we walked over to the Harbor to eat with one hell of a view.
I ordered the chocolate cream, chocolate chip, and chocolate dipped. I kinda like chocolate.
We ate and then wandered around a little more.
This is what vacation looks like when your best friend is a photographer.
After cannolis, we were in the mood for more things Italian, so we stopped for dinner at Ristorante Villa Francesca.
I ordered the penne alla norma, which was eggplant, ricotta cheese, and tomato sauce blended with spinach and penne pasta.
We wandered around the city a little bit more, and then headed back to Porter Square for a quick night cap. Bubbles are always appropriate.
We were both completely exhausted from a long day of touristy adventures, so we hit the hay hella early.
Vacation recaps are weird. Right? Are they? I don’t know. Hopefully you found this more interesting than boring. But come back tomorrow for the recap of day 2 – WHALE WATCHING!